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Chiara Center Events

Chiara Center sponsors opportunities for spiritual enrichment and faith development. Retreats, days of quiet, Food and Faith series, and collaborative programs uplift and enlighten hundreds of guests each year. We invite you to look at the listing to learn more about the possibilities that await your spirit. Please click here for our 2016-2017 brochure.

 

   
 
     
     

      
JANUARY

Ah Day of Quiet
January 16, 2017

Once each season, we reserve a day for you to come to Chiara Center and reflect on God's goodness in your life. Arrive at 9 a.m. and leave by 3 p.m. refreshed and filled with peace. The day includes a delicious lunch. Massages are also available and are requested at the time of registration.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

 

Food & Faith Dinner Series
Healing at the Margins

January 26, 2017 
Chantell Mills

Often times we judge the poor instead of remembering that Christ calls them blessed. Chantell, Transitional Shelter Director at Contact Ministries, will be joned by a mother from the Shelter to share how God is telling His story through their story. A story of brokenness to restoration. A story of vulnerability to strength. A story of how an open hand is stronger than a closed fist.

$20 per person and $35/couple. Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee.

     
FEBRUARY

Process Addictions: What They Are, How They Impact Recovery, and How to Address Them
February 17-19, 2017  
Coordinated by: David and Janice Kerwin, Ann Collins, Chuck Kerwin, and Archie Ford

Process addictions are growing at an alarming rate: co-dependent behavior, work, electronic devices, gambling, and pornography. This retreat will identify the most common process addictions and how they impact our lives and recovery while exploring ways to address them so they do not overwhelm. This retreat is for all who are working the twelve step program or consider themselves in recovery.


MARCH

Food & Faith Dinner Series
Healing Our Inner Self
March 16, 2017
Sonya Jones

How do I see myself and who am I? How does one respond to one's body image? What is the role of faith that leads us into fuller being? During this presentation you will hear the story of transformation and struggle to reach one's goals with insights and greater awareness of the spiritual pulse of life.

Sonya is the outreach representative for HSHS Medical Group and contestant from the NBC show "The Biggest Loser" (16th season).

$20 per person and $35/couple. Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee.

                                                      

Ah Day of Quiet
March 20, 2017

Once each season, we reserve a day for you to come to Chiara Center and reflect on God's goodness in your life. Arrive at 9 a.m. and leave by 3 p.m. refreshed and filled with peace. The day includes a delicious lunch. Massages are also available and are requested at the time of registration.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person. 


APRIL

Spirituality in Health Care Conference
April 20, 2017

This annual conference, co-sponsored by Chiara Center and Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS), addresses where God may be found in health care, how to be faithful in the midst of suffering and tremendous change, and how to find transcendent meaning in the health care profession. It will help participants identify the cuases and symptoms of secondary stress and recognize its dangers. Through sound psychology and spiritual truths, Dr. Robert Wicks and Stephen Dynako will set the stage for personal transformation and explore tools and techniques to promote mindfulness and self-care amont health care providers.

Continuing education contact hours are available from several accrediting agencies.     

Click here for a brochure and registration form. JUNE

Silent Directed Retreat
June 25, 201 - June 30, 2017

This Directed Retreat includes solitude and  prayer and  one-on-one daily session with a Spiritual Director. You will be wrapped in the quiet, healing, and harmony of God's presence at Chiara Center. Retreatants may choose three, four, or five days of retreat. The retreat fee is all inclusive of guest room, meals, spiritual direction and spiritual resources.

Pre-registration and payment are required two weeks prior to the retreat.

Click here for a brochure and registration form.

 
JULY

 Ah Day of Quiet
July 11, 2016
Once each season, we reserve a day for you to come to Chiara Center and reflect on God's goodness in your life. Arrive at 9:00 a.m. and leave by 3:00 p.m. refreshed and filled with peace. The day includes a delicious lunch and massages are available (requested at the time of registration). Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee. 

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

 

Messages from the Mystics
July 17-22, 2016
Kathleen Davis

Thoughout time, we have been gifted with widsom figures whose insights bring us deeper into the mystery of God. This retreat time will be spent looking at their lives, learning from their experience and felcting on the messages they inspire. Messages of Julian of Norwich, Francis of Assisi, Hildegard of Bingen, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Thomas Merton and more will be explored. As themes unfold, the relevance and urgency of their messages for today will be recognized. The call is for each person to discover and allow ones own inner mystic to emerge. Each day will begin with prayer and a morning session.  Attendees will be given aids for reflection based on the topic of the day. Optional group gathering for discussion will be offered each evening. The retreat is a silent retreat.

Click here for brochure and registration form. SEPTEMBER

Food & Faith Dinner Series
Mercy As An Oasis of Healing
September 22, 2015 -6:00 PM
Reverend Richard Chiola

In autumn of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, what is God revealing to us about mercy and the way it brings Healing? Father Chiola, a retired priest of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois will lead a discussion on examining how Mercy as the second name of God invites us into healing relationships.

$20 per person and $35/couple. Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee.

OCTOBER

Ah Day of Quiet
October 3, 2016

Once each season, we reserve a day for you to come to Chiara Center and reflect on God's goodness in your life. Arrive at 9 a.m. and leave by 3 p.m. refreshed and filled with peace. The day includes a delicious lunch. Massages are also available and are requested at the time of registration.

Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

$20 per person.

 

Silent Directed Retreat
October 22, 2016 - October 27, 2016

This Directed Retreat includes solitude and  prayer and  one-on-one daily session with a Spiritual Director. You will be wrapped in the quiet, healing, and harmony of God's presence at Chiara Center. Retreatants may choose three, four, or five days of retreat. The retreat fee is all inclusive of guest room, meals, spiritual direction and spiritual resources.

Pre-registration and payment are required two weeks prior to the retreat.

Click here for a brochure and registration form.

 

NOVEMBER

Food & Faith Dinner Series
Healing Our Home: Living in Right Relationship
November 17, 2015 - 6:00 PM
Sister Sharon Zayac, OP

Through many visuals and stories, we will explore our relational connection to God's creation that intertwines with our beliefs and actions to help preserve our home for future generations.Sister Sharon, a member of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, is director of Jubilee Farm, a 164-acre center for ecology and spirituality on the west side of Springfield.

Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato Si', speaks about the responsibility we have for Our Common Home. This session with explore our role for this responsibility.

$20 per person and $35/couple. Reservations are required. 217-523-0901 or email.

Overnight accommodations are also available for an additional fee.

DECEMBER

Franciscan Nativity Festival
December 2,  2015 - December 4, 2016 


Join us for our 10th Annual Franciscan Nativity Festival and experience the deeper meaning of the Incarnation. More than 100 Nativity sets, each with unique history and signficance are, displayed.

Free and open to the public, the Festival celebrates the influence and message of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi.

Friday, December 2, 2016   2-7 p.m.

Saturday, December 3, 2016  noon-4 p.m.

Sunday, December 4, 2016  noon-4 p.m.

 

 


 

 

 


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